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Collaborating with One's Ex during Divorce Can Be Beneficial

When it comes to dissolution, there are various routes a divorcing couple can take. Ohio couples should understand their options and interests before establishing a divorce path. In some cases, spouses seek to avoid the high costs associated with the process. A collaborative divorce could be the best option for those who seek to lower the costs, avoid litigation and are able to collaborate and work together to reach a fair agreement. Although this process is not for everyone, it is often one that is suggested, attempted or sought-after.

Since more divorce options are continually presenting themselves, more and more divorcing couples are looking towards collaborative law divorce options. There is a growing trend in collaborative divorces, and this increase has led to specific collaborative laws being enacted in some states. Back in 2009, the Uniform Collaborative Act was adopted by the Uniform Law Commission, which allowed it to become available to individual states. The current list of states includes Ohio, while it is pending enactment in several other states in the nation.

The bill helps create a focus of collaboration utilized in the process. Specific negotiation and problem-solving skills can help in the various divorce issues that present themselves. Specifically, it can help address areas that most often create messy divorce litigation. Collaborative divorce can help the divorcing spouses reach divorce settlement agreements in a fair and agreeable manner. This means equitable property division, support payments and custody agreements successfully achieved through collaboration.

Although all disputes and disagreements cannot be avoided through this process, it can potentially better resolve the common issues involved in dissolution in a more civil and less-adversarial manner. In addition, this could lead to other benefits such as a more timely divorce and reduced costs.

Those considering a collaborative divorce should seek to better understand the process to ensure it is the right step to take. It could allow for an amicable divorce for some spouses, but not all couples will benefit from the process. Gaining independent advice could help provide a full picture of the situation, allowing them to take appropriate action.

Source: Inquisitr, "Collaborative divorce continues to spread in the USA - welcomed by stress ridden divorcees," June 29, 2014

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